Plain Tales from the Raj: Images of British India in the Twentieth Century

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Charles Allen
Abacus, 1975 - British - 287 pages
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The Raj was, for two hundred years, the jewel in the British imperial crown. Although founded on military expansionism and undoubted exploitation, it developed over the centuries into what has been called 'benign autocracy' - the government of many by few, with the active collaboration of most Indians in recognition of a desire for the advancement of their country.Charles Allen's classic oral history of the period that marked the end of British rule was first published a generation ago. Now reissued as the imperial century closes, this brilliantly insightful and bestselling collection of reminiscences illustrates the unique experience of British India: the sadness and luxury for some; the joy and deprivation for others.

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User Review  - Pragya Bhatt - Goodreads

This was a page turner for me. It explains a lot of how people in India evolved the way they did. It gives great insight into the period of the Raj because it documents the lives of people who were actually there. I couldn't put it down. Read full review

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User Review  - Pdr Lindsay - Goodreads

This book is the written account of the BBC radio programme of the same name. If you want to know what it was like to be a member of the military or civil service in the Indian Raj in the last years ... Read full review

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